The Gospel can be confusing and even confounding to many people. Consider this…
- We tell children to “be good” and “obey” both rules and authorities.
- The better they comply and obey the more they are told that they are “good”.
- We then tell these “good children” who then grow up into teens and then adults that they may be “relatively good” but they are actually “sinners” because they have not behaved “perfectly” in God’s sight and judgment.
- The better a person has lived morally, the greater the difficulty he or she can have perceiving themselves as a “sinner”.
- The worse a person has lived morally, the greater the chance that they will perceive themselves as a “sinner”.
- Only by the personal conviction and profession of being a “sinner” will a person seek a Savior from their sins.
Conclusion: Telling people of all ages that they are “good” can be an immense hindrance to their belief that they are “a sinner” who needs to embrace Jesus as his or her Savior. If a person does not affirm “the Bad News” about themselves, they will not embrace “the Good News” about Jesus!
The Acts of the Apostles, Part 56 – Outline (PDF)